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March 2017
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Listening to the History of Jazz: The Earliest Recorded Roots of Jazz

March 28 | 7:00 pm
Literary Arts,
925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR United States
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2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording, “Livery Stable Blues” by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.  In celebration of this momentous occasion and as part of our new adult education program Discover Jazz, KMHD Jazz Radio host and PDX Jazz monthly blogger Mark Montesano – who taught a class on jazz history at Arizona State University – will host the first in his series called Listening to the History of Jazz.  To honor this anniversary, Montesano will present “Exploring the Earliest Recorded Roots of Jazz,” in which he will play and discuss Scott Joplin’s ragtime piano rolls, the blues of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, and the earliest jazz people such as the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Freddie Keppard, Joe Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, and Louis Armstrong.  You’ll hear the influences, the innovations, and the sense of discovery at the beginnings of this quintessentially American…

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April 2017
$25 - $55

Dave Holland Trio

April 7 | 8:00 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Dave Holland is a bassist, composer, bandleader whose passion for musical expression of all styles, and dedication to creating consistently innovative music ensembles have propelled a professional career of more than 50 years, and earned him top honors in his field including multiple Grammy awards and the title of NEA Jazz Master in 2017. Holland first rose to prominence in groundbreaking groups led by such legends as Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Sam Rivers, Betty Carter, and Anthony Braxton—as well as collaborations with the likes of Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette, and John McLaughlin. Fittingly, he is today more celebrated for the bands that he continues to assemble, record and perform with—ensembles which range from duos and trios to big bands, and often feature musicians like Steve Coleman, Robin and Kevin Eubanks, Jason Moran, Chris Potter, Eric Harland, among many others who were bound for their own headline status. Holland’s natural technique…

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$20 - $25

Black Swan Classic Jazz Band

April 20 | 7:30 pm
Mission Theater,
1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209
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Black Swan Classic Jazz Band is an entertaining, artistic group that loves performing hot jazz, ragtime and old-time gospel with a distinctive, original flair. Formed in early 1989 by leader Kit Johnson as a hot dance band dedicated to the preservation and performance of early jazz styles, Black Swan expanded its repertoire to include ragtime with the addition of pianist John Bennett in 1992, and to include blues and old-time gospel when elegant vocalist Marilyn Keller joined the fray in 1997. Black Swan has performed for numerous jazz societies, festivals, performing arts groups, and community events in Oregon, Montana, Arizona, Washington, Missouri, Iowa, California, the Caribbean, Alaska and British Columbia. Their book features nearly 400 selections, most of which were arranged by Kit, John and clarinetist Steve Matthes. The rhythm section is anchored by banjo/vocalist Alan Phillips and drummer Ron Leach. Rounding out the front line is Don Stone on…

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$25 - $30

Helen Sung Quartet (Early Show)

April 27 | 7:00 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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TICKETS ON SALE BEGINNING MARCH 1. Pianist/composer Helen Sung hails from Houston, TX. An aspiring classical pianist before jazz intervened during undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Sung went on to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. Now based in New York City, Sung has worked with a “Who’s Who” in Jazz, including the late Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, and Regina Carter. With five albums as leader, Sung’s sixth and newest release Anthem For A New Day (Concord Jazz) topped jazz radio charts and garnered a SESAC Performance Activity Award. With appearances at major festivals/venues including Newport, Monterey, Detroit, SFJAZZ, and Carnegie Hall, Sung is also stepping onto the international stage with tours of southern Africa, Europe, UK, China and Mexico. Sung also currently performs with fine ensembles such…

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$20 - $25

Helen Sung Quartet (Late Show)

April 27 | 9:30 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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TICKETS ON SALE BEGINNING MARCH 1. Pianist/composer Helen Sung hails from Houston, TX. An aspiring classical pianist before jazz intervened during undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Sung went on to graduate from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance and win the Kennedy Center’s Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. Now based in New York City, Sung has worked with a “Who’s Who” in Jazz, including the late Clark Terry, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, and Regina Carter. With five albums as leader, Sung’s sixth and newest release Anthem For A New Day (Concord Jazz) topped jazz radio charts and garnered a SESAC Performance Activity Award. With appearances at major festivals/venues including Newport, Monterey, Detroit, SFJAZZ, and Carnegie Hall, Sung is also stepping onto the international stage with tours of southern Africa, Europe, UK, China and Mexico. Sung also currently performs with fine ensembles such…

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May 2017
$25 - $30

Gerald Clayton Trio

May 3 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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TICKETS ON SALE BEGINNING MARCH 1. Gerald Clayton searches for honest expression in every note he plays. With harmonic curiosity and critical awareness, he develops musical narratives that unfold as a result of both deliberate searching and chance uncovering. The four-time GRAMMY-nominated pianist/composer formally began his musical journey at the prestigious Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he received the 2002 Presidential Scholar of the Arts Award. Continuing his scholarly pursuits, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance at USC’s Thornton School of Music under the instruction of piano icon Billy Childs, after a year of intensive study with NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron at The Manhattan School of Music. Clayton won second place in the 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Piano Competition. Expansion has become part of Clayton’s artistic identity. His music is a celebration of the inherent differences in musical perspectives that…

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$30 - $35

Anat Cohen & Trio Brasileiro

May 4 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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$35 - $45

Eliane Elias Quartet

May 9 | 7:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre,
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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$25 - $30

Billy Childs Quartet

May 24 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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June 2017
$25 - $30

Marquis Hill & Blacktet (Early Show)

June 8 | 7:00 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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$20 - $25

Marquis Hill & Blacktet (Late Show)

June 8 | 9:30 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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Donny McCaslin Group

June 16 | 7:30 pm
Mission Theater,
1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209
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Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet

June 17 | 8:00 pm
Mission Theater,
1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209
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July 2017
$25 - $30

Manuel Valera Trio (Early Show)

July 15 | 7:00 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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Manuel Valera Trio (Late Show)

July 15 | 9:30 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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December 2017
$40 - $75

John McLaughlin & The 4th Dimension + Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip

December 6 | 8:00 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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In a career that spans over five decades, John McLaughlin, one of music’s most influential and prolific guitarists, composers, and bandleaders, will begin his farewell U.S. tour on November 1 in Buffalo, NY. McLaughlin will be joined by Jimmy Herring, who has been in the creative forefront of the American rock-jam movement for 25 years. The Meeting of the Spirits tour will hit 23 cities before ending in Los Angeles on December 9. Highlighting this musical adventure will be John McLaughlin revisiting the pioneering music he introduced with his genre-defying Mahavishnu Orchestra. In addition, McLaughlin is expected to release a new album just before the tour launches. More details to be announced. McLaughlin’s first extensive U.S. tour in seven years, The Meeting of the Spirits also marks his first extended exploration of the Mahavishnu Orchestra material from seminal albums such as Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire, Between Nothingness and…

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